My First Carolina Nugget
September 2019 by Ray Mills
On my weekends off I spent many hours dredging the Second Broad River from Cane Creek Road up to the headwaters. I used a three-inch dredge with air and graduated to a five-inch with air.
We all love to see that first glimmer of gold when it peeks out from under the black sand in our pan, or feel the weight of a nugget in our scoop when we dig a good target. But sometimes things don’t go quite so smoothly.
…what adjustment can I make to my dredge that will enhance its gold-catching ability?
The very first thing to find out...is if the detector has the ability to be ground balanced.
There is a surprising amount of detectable gold under the water’s surface. The right tools make it much easier to find, and with a little patience and practice you can take advantage of this underappreciated bonanza.
Fortunately, there are products on the market that can address these problems and make a small-scale mining operation feasible.
Picking the right spot to placer has to do with years of experience, and a little luck. The textbooks can tell you where it should be, but sometimes the rules just don’t seem to apply.
Confluences of placer streams are well known as concentration sites for heavy minerals. The basic reason is that...
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